IBM Sponsored Sessions

At HIMSS19, IBM sponsored several  ‘Breakfast Briefings’ and ‘Lunch n Learns’ at HIMSS19 which highlighted topics of the day, featuring IBM clients and thought leaders on the latest innovations that are helping organizations transform.

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Using Cognos Analytics to Drive Smarter Decisions in Healthcare and Improve Patient Care Quality

Tuesday, February 12, 7:15 am

The lack of smart dashboards to provide insights into clinical, administrative and financial data is a key challenge to driving performance and quality improvements in hospitals. This session will focus on healthcare use-cases and show how IBM Cognos Analytics meets the challenge. Cognos Analytics drill-through empowers the users to access aggregate and patient-level information while relationships between the new visualizations enables an interactive and intuitive experience for the user.

Speaker: Sri Vijay Bharat Peddi, BI and Analytics Architect, North York General Hospital

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Transforming Healthcare with High Performance Data and AI

Tuesday, February 12, 7:15am

Join the discussion on real-world use cases and how organizations can become data-driven, making it an essential part of an organizations’ DNA to support the future of healthcare.  This session covers the critical role that a high performance data and AI (HPDA) architecture plays in supporting fast-growing data and compute demands to solve some of the biggest research and analytics challenges facing healthcare organizations today.  In this panel, market leaders will share how they are accelerating discoveries and improving personalized care by using flexible, scalable, secure and cost-effective high-performance systems that can leverage cloud to ensure the highest levels of data availability, reliability and compliance. Panelists include:

  • Jim Jancewicz, Sr. Senior Storage Specialist at Aetna
  • Dr. J (Ram) Ramanajam, Director of the Center for Computation and Technology, Louisiana State University
  • Tahir Ali, Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Froedtert Health
  • John Scott, Sales Director, Data Storage Solutions, Healthcare, Life Sciences & Public Markets, IBM
  • Frank Lee, PhD, Global Industry Leader for Healthcare and Life Sciences, IBM Systems

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The Heart of Digital Health Strategy: Governance

Tuesday, February 12, 11:15am

Have you wanted to create consistent patient and plan member consumer experiences? Or provide opportunities to lower the cost of care?  A digital health strategy is will answer your needs. At the heart of a digital health strategy is data trusted, secure data that can be accessed by everyone in the organization.  To reach this level of maturity, organizations are starting to leverage governance to foster and deliver trusted data to their line of business data consumers.

Speaker: Scott Buckles, Business Development Executive, IBM

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Aetna, Anthem, HCSC and PNC join IBM in blockchain based collaboration connecting healthcare industry ecosystem

Wednesday, February 13, 7:15am

Despite major initiatives to digitize healthcare information, major improvements in transparency and frictionless exchange of information among stakeholders in the healthcare system are still necessary. Blockchain can increase transparency and trust to healthcare processes, allowing near real-time efficient exchange of permissioned healthcare information and significant reductions in administrative overhead costs. There are other benefits of blockchain technology, including greater security in communication and consistency across visits and treatments and streamlined billing and administration for payers and providers alike to name a few.

Healthcare is a complex system that is not easily disrupted. Join industry leaders from Aetna, Anthem, Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) and PNC to discuss how health insurers and financial institutions expect blockchain to be used as a tool in solving many of the industry’s ills and their perspective on the changes necessary to achieve near real-time data exchange and transparency while reducing administrative costs.


  • Aetna: Rob Samuel, Executive Director Technology Research and Innovation
  • Anthem: Mariya Filipova, VP of Innovation
  • HCSC: Addison McGuffin, VP Innovation & Engagement
  • PNC: Mary Butler-Everson, SVP Healthcare Product Innovations
  • Sentara Healthcare: Dan Bowden, VP & CISO

Moderated by Barbara Hayes, General Manager, Payer, IBM Watson Health

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Cybersecurity Challenges in the Healthcare Industry

Wednesday, February 13, 11:15am

Join Bill Venteicher, IBM Security for Healthcare Industry Leader, as he hosts a deep dive discussion with a panel of IBM Security experts representing the diverse areas of expertise required to combat today’s cybersecurity challenges in healthcare.  Speakers include Dan Cheuvront IBM MaaS360;  Eduardo Lopez , IBM Trusteer; Gant Redmon, Cyber Security and Privacy Program Director; Jennifer Kady, Director of IBM Security Solutions, US Public Sector; and Salwa Rafee, Worldwide Security Leader for Government, Healthcare and Life Sciences.

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